Lionsgate has released a new poster for Kick-Ass 2, but the bigger news is that Jim Carrey has decided not to promote the film because “in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” Carrey explained in his tweet that he did the film one month before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He followed this up with a second tweet saying, “my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” I respect Carrey for sticking to his beliefs. Three months after the shooting, Carrey released a video on Funny or Die mocking gun owners, and if he had done press for Kick-Ass 2, the question would have come up about why he condemned guns but was out promoting a film where characters, including his own, use them. Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us). Carrey typically doesn’t do action movies, so this move probably won’t hurt his career, but I’m glad that he’s mindful enough to realize that he can’t promote a film that may not celebrate gun violence, but still features it in an entertainment capacity.
Hit the jump to check out the poster as well as a response to Carrey’s comments from Kick-Ass 2 author Mark Millar. The film opens on August 16th.
Poster via CBM.
“[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay 18 months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin.”.
Except 18 months ago, Carrey had different beliefs on gun violence in movies. Millar continued:
“A sequel to the picture that gave us Hit-Girl was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much… This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Park Chan-wook, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless bodycount of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the consequences of violence… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie.”
Again, Carrey wasn’t shocked when he signed on, nor did he say that other people shouldn’t make movies featuring guns. That’s why he said he’s not ashamed of the film, but he can’t promote it.